Category Archives: hair & make-up

Babyliss Big Hair – in detail

Yes sorry another post about the Babyliss Big Hair styler but after my enthusiastic review yesterday I was asked to do a more in-depth post on how it works. So here it goes.

I washed my hair this morning as usual, spritzed on some heat protection spray and pre-dried my hair with my normal hair dryer until it was damp but no longer wet. You can use the Babyliss styler on wet hair too, but damp is recommended.
Here’s me with my hair still damp before using the styler.

Now one thing I like about the styler is that you just plug it in and go, there’s no waiting around for it to heat up as you would with a straightener. As you can see the thing looks like a giant brush, it’s got three heat settings (cold, warm and hot) and the brush head rotates both clockwise and anti-clockwise.

All you do is take a section of your hair, hold the brush against the root and press the rotate button for your desired direction. It’s really not that tricky to figure out and if your hair gets stuck you simply stop the rotating and pull out the brush, easy.

Here’s me styling away, I especially love it for my fringe.

It doesn’t take very long at all to do a section. I have lots of very thick hair and if I use a straightener I have to go over sections many, many times to get them straight – the Babyliss is much quicker, it really only takes seconds. I was in a real hurry this morning and the whole styling (including taking pictures) took only about ten minutes.

Here’s me half styled, it gives a good comparison between finished hair and non-styled, big difference, huh!

And here’s me all done. I often wear my hair in this kind of very straight 60s style and honestly, using the styler is the quickest and easiest way of achieving it, so yes, I love it!

Favourite hair gadget

Ok I never ever really put up product posts, especially not when the product I’m reviewing  was given to me by a PR, but this will be my exception to the rule.

The product in question is the Babyliss Big Hair styler. It’s essentially a big brush that heats up and rotates in your hair giving you the ultimate blow dry.
Now it’s not going to win any design prices (my boyfriend said it looked like a giant toilet brush – it really does), but damn, the thing works.

You can use it straight on wet hair but damp is ideal. I tried it out yesterday, having pre-dried my hair for a minute with my regular hair dryer, and I have to admit, it’s the quickest way to a shiny France Gall-esque 60s straight hair look ever. Forget straighteners, forget salon blow dries, this is the shit. Seriously.

Tried and tested: Style Me Vintage

I’ve been wanting to buy the new vintage hairstyling book  Style Me Vintage by Belinda Hay ever since I stumbled across her  East London vintage salon The Painted Lady.

Belinda’s book promises easy setp-by-step techniques to some of the most popular vintage hair styles from finger waves, the peek-a-boo and Victory Rolls to the beehive and bouffant. And it doesn’t disappoint.

For starters, the book design is great, it’s a proper hard back and each hair style is accompanied by several pictures showcasing how the hair style was originally worn and its modern counterpart.

Then the styling instructions are easy, clear and illustrated with pictures for each stage. Thank goodness also that  all models are wearing period make-up and clothes – clearly a lot of effort has gone into getting each era just right.

While there aren’t that many styles in this book – only about ten – the highlight for me is that Style Me Vintage includes several Sixties styles such as the beehive, bouffant and Joan Holloway-esque up-do that are often neglected in other vintage hairstyling guides. I’ve tried out a Bardot inspired up do, which took me all of 15 minutes and turned out great the first time – result!

My verdict: a beautifully designed and illustrated book with excellent instructions on how to re-create classic period hair styles. My new vintage hair bible.

£9.99 on Amazon

Veronica me

I really love this You Tube tutorial by Berlin Hair Baby on how to re-create Veronica Lake peek-a-boo curls.

No 7 goes vintage

Last weekend I was randomly strolling around my local Boots deliberating what new shampoo to buy (too much choice) when I spotted some rather lovely images of a model in vintage make-up from various decades. Turns out Boots is doing a No 7 Decades Collection to mark 75 years of bringing the latest make-up looks and colour to the high street.

With the help of make-up artist Lisa Eldridge, Boots have put together seven sets (one for each decade from the Forties to the Noughties) consisting of an iconic eye shadow, lipgloss and nail colour. While I really like the glamour of the Forties, brash sex appeal of the Fifties and nude softness of the Nineties, my favourite is unsurprisingly the Sixties one.

Having tried out all three Sixties products, (and no, this isn’t an advertorial) I can highly recommend the eye shadow pallet, which comes in black, grey and white, as well as the nude nail colour. I’m not a big fan of lip gloss in general (too sweet, too sticky) but the neutral, beige tone looks fab on the model for the Sixties range. I’m not so sure why they did lip gloss in the first place though. Lip gloss in the Forties? Not very vintage, surely even Boots know this, I think lipstick would have been a much more convincing choice!

Here’s how Lisa achieved the Sixties look:

Eyes

“This look is all about the eyes. The white shadow from the No7 1960s Eye Trio, ‘Swinging 60s’, £9.75 was brushed all over the lid from lash to brow. White was then patted on to the lid area with a sponge applicator to add a more opaque coverage in this area.

No7 Amazing Eyes Liquid Liner, £9 in Black was applied thickly, close to the upper lashes. The line was thickened up towards the outer corner and extended up and out. At the inner corner the line was thinned out to a slim point extending towards the nose. The same liquid liner was also applied along the lower lashes in a line, which tapered off at both ends to a thin and elegant point.
At the socket line the liner was used to mark the socket area extending at each corner to match the liner. Next the black eye shadow from the No7 1960’s Eye Trio, ‘Swinging 60s’, £9.75 was used with a small damp brush to thicken and slightly soften the socket line.

Upper and lower lashes were then coated in No7 Extreme Length Mascara, 7ml, £12.25 in Black and brows were left naturally brushed and groomed.
Cheeks

No7 Blush Tint Cream Blush, £10.25 in Rosebud was applied with fingertips to the apples of the cheeks for a soft and pretty flush.

Lips

Lips were dabbed with a tiny amount of No7 Instant Radiance Concealer, £13.75 to pale down the natural colour and then a generous amount of No71960s Lipgloss, 4.5ml, £6.75 in Dusty was applied.”

The other decade looks: